Storm clean up continues during week three following the terrible storm that blew through our community and state. I want to thank all the city and county workers who have served us well and worked so hard to clean up the destruction that followed. Thank you to Liz and Dave Dodd and their crew and our postal workers, who in those terrible days following the storm maneuvered their way through the debris to pick up our garbage and deliver our mail. Thank you to our library staff for opening the library as a cooling and charging center. Thank you to our police and fire department for your efforts. Thank you to Jim Sparks, Jasper County Emergency Management and Jessica Lowe, Jasper County United Way, for their efforts in coordinating volunteer efforts to help those who are elderly and disabled. And, thank you to our Public Works Department for their herculean efforts in picking up the fallen trees and limbs. Jody Rhone, public works director, gave a recap at city council Monday night of the emergency efforts by our city and county departments. In that recap he mentioned we have city workers whose homes are so damaged they are staying in motels but they have showed up for work.
Property taxes will soon be due. When you pay your taxes I ask that you smile and remember the efforts of our city and county to get us back to normal. Without property taxes, we wouldn’t have city or county recourses and they pay the salaries of the people who have worked so hard for us. They are the best taxes we pay; they stay right here in our city and county working for you and me. Thank a city or county worker today.